One Step Reshapes Portion Only Of Article Patents (Class 264/296)
  • Patent number: 10285217
    Abstract: An apparatus for heating plastic preforms comprises a transport device, which transports the plastic preforms along a predefined transport path. The transport device comprises a first circulating transport device and a second transport device; a plurality of first holding elements constructed and arranged on the first transport device for holding the plastic preforms; at least one heating device along the transport path that heats the plastic preforms during a movement of the plastic preforms along the transport path, wherein the transport path has at least one first portion with a first curvature and at least one second portion with a second curvature which differs from the first curvature; and a plurality of second holding elements constructed and arranged on the second transport device for holding the plastic preforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Schoenberger
  • Patent number: 10265887
    Abstract: A mold for producing atomizer nozzles, wherein a mouthpiece core mold part defines an inner wall of the mouthpiece, at least in the region of a transition between the mouthpiece and the flow chamber, and is of integral design, wherein the flow chamber core mold part has a substantially smooth surface and continuous contours in the region of the transition from the flow chamber to the mouthpiece, and wherein the mouthpiece core mold part is placed against the flow chamber core mold part at the transition between the flow chamber and the mouthpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LECHLER GMBH
    Inventor: Juergen Speier
  • Patent number: 10058700
    Abstract: An anchor device is described that is adapted to support one or more conductors extending out of an opening in an outer surface of an eye, from a device implanted in the eye to a communications interface. The anchor device comprises a conductor receiving portion including a channel, the conductors being positionable through the channel; and a fixation portion connected to the conductor receiving portion, the fixation portion being adapted to be secured to the outer surface of the eye. The conductor receiving portion is configured to allow movement of the channel and/or conductors relative to the fixation portion. A visual prosthesis comprising the anchor device is also described, along with apparatus and methods for positioning the visual prosthesis or other types of implantable electrical apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: The Bionics Institute of Australia
    Inventors: Christopher Edward Williams, Joel Villalobos Villa, Owen Burns
  • Patent number: 9969118
    Abstract: A method for producing a container (2) from a blank (3) in a mold (1) provided with a wall (4) and a mold bottom (8) that is movable relative to the wall (4) between a retracted position and a deployed position, the method including: a phase of introducing the blank (3) into the mold; a preblowing phase including the injection, into the blank (3), of a fluid pressurized to a so-called preblowing pressure, a blowing phase following the preblowing phase and including the injection, into the blank (3), of a fluid pressurized to a so-called blowing pressure greater than the preblowing pressure; a boxing phase including the displacement of the mold bottom (8) from the retracted position thereof to the deployed position thereof, initiated after the pressure in the blank (3) has reached the blowing pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventors: Mikael Derrien, Pierrick Protais
  • Patent number: 9718232
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) for the fabrication of a container (300) comprising a mold (121) defining the form of said container (300) and configured to accommodate a substantially tubular preform, an injection head (115) configured to interface with the preform (108) and establish fluid communication with a cavity thereof; and an injection valve (202), said injection valve (202) configured to selectively permit fluid communication through said injection head (115); said apparatus (100) further comprising at least one compression means (303A, 303B) mobile relative to said mold (121) such that said at least one compression means (303A, 303B) is disposed outside said mold cavity (105) in a retracted position and projects into said mold cavity (105) in an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: DISCMA AG
    Inventor: Damien Kannengiesser
  • Patent number: 9688047
    Abstract: A hemmed structure includes a first member and a second member. The first member is a sheet-like member including a thermoplastic resin and includes an inner bent portion formed at a position at which an end portion of the first member is bent. The second member is a sheet-like member a metal material and includes an outer bent portion formed at a position at which an end portion of the second member is bent. The outer bent portion is disposed so as to wrap around the inner bent portion, and the end portion of the second member is disposed inside the inner bent portion. A brittle portion is formed on an inner surface of the inner bent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akiko Inami, Keiji Nakamura, Kensuke Sakai, Noboru Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 9409343
    Abstract: A method and structure for flattening or straightening a curled flexible printed circuit, such as a flexible printed circuit that has been curled during a contact embossing process. The structure can include a cylindrical opening and a support shaft suspended within the cylindrical opening that prevents buckling of the flexible printed circuit during straightening. To flatten the curled flexible printed circuit, the curled end of the flexible printed circuit can be inserted into the cylindrical opening until the curled end is wrapped partially or completely around the support shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bryan R. Dolan, Michael Leo
  • Patent number: 9205594
    Abstract: A large area patterned film includes a first patterned area; a second patterned area; and a seam joining the first patterned area and the second patterned area, wherein the seam has a width less than about 20 micrometers. A method for tiling patterned areas includes depositing a predetermined thickness of a curable material; contacting a first portion of the curable material with a mold; curing the first portion of the curable material; removing the mold from the cured first portion of the curable material; contacting a second portion of the curable material with the mold, such that the mold contacts a portion of the cured first portion of the curable material; curing the second portion of the curable material; and removing the mold to yield a seam between the cured first portion of the curable material and the cured second portion of the curable material, wherein the seam has a dimension less than about 20 micrometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Liquidia Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Ermochkine, Derek Schorzman, Jacob Sprague
  • Patent number: 9034233
    Abstract: In a method of processing a substrate in accordance with an embodiment, a trench may be formed in the substrate, imprint material may be deposited at least into the trench, the imprint material in the trench may be embossed using a stamp device, and the stamp device may be removed from the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Joerg Ortner, Michael Sorger
  • Publication number: 20150118442
    Abstract: A decorative assembly (20) includes a translucent part (26) overlaying a portion of a chromed visible surface (24) of a base part (22) to define a first visible portion (28) of the chromed visible surface (24) not covered by the plastic layer and a second visible portion (30) of the chromed visible surface (24) covered by but visible through the translucent part (26) for allowing the chromed visible surface (24) to be freely exposed along the first visible portion (28) and for allowing light to pass through the translucent part (26) and reflect off the second visible portion (30) of said chromed visible surface (24). At least one of the second visible portion (30) of the chromed visible surface (24) or the translucent part (26) includes a three-dimensional texture (32) to redirect the light reflected off the second visible portion (30) of the chromed visible surface (24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: LACKS ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Lee A. Chase
  • Patent number: 8999218
    Abstract: A process of producing a member having a pattern. The process includes preparing a first mold having a pattern surface provided with a first uneven pattern at a surface of the first mold, and preparing a second mold having a pattern surface, provided with a second uneven pattern at a surface of the second mold, including a shape portion corresponding to an outer peripheral shape of the pattern surface provided with the first uneven pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junichi Seki, Masao Majima, Nobuhito Suehira
  • Patent number: 8992813
    Abstract: A component made of at least one thermoformable material, having a first layer made of a first material, a second layer made of a second material, and a third layer made of the first material. The three layers form a sheet, which is formed to various shapes, depending upon the part that is to be created. The sheet may be formed to produce the bumper of an automobile, a door panel for an automobile, a flotation device, such as a pontoon for a pontoon boat, or the like. The first and third layers are SMC, and the second layer, or “core,” is disposed between the first and third layers, allowing the strength of the first and third layers to be used more efficiently, compared to a sheet having only the first and third layers, and no core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Robbins, Jeremy Alan Panasiewicz, Louis Dodyk
  • Publication number: 20150021823
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for imparting a rounded tip to a length of multi-layered tubing to form a urinary catheter includes a plurality of dies with internal geometry to successively push back an end region of an inner layer of the multi-layered tubing, exposing an interior of an end region of an external layer, and forming that end region of the external layer into a rounded end that is free of bald spots. The end region of the external layer may be thinned out by an intermediate die having an elongate conical die plug therein. Gravity and vacuum pressure may be used to facilitate flow of material of which at least one of the layers of the multi-layered tubing is constructed when heated to a deformable condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: William L. Givens, JR.
  • Patent number: 8911650
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a composite element. A stack of plies is assembled on a lay-up table, each ply comprising a plurality of reinforcement elements such as dry-fibers. A first part of the stack of plies is bound to form a partially bound stack of plies, a second part of the stack of plies remaining unbound. The partially bound stack of plies is press-formed in a mold cavity between a pair of mold tools to form a shaped pre-form, plies in the second part of the stack sliding against each other during the press-forming. A liquid matrix material is injected into the shaped pre-form in the mold cavity and subsequently cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Simon W Topping, Martin Edwards, Risto Kallinen, Nils Haack
  • Publication number: 20140361061
    Abstract: A holder for a set of tongs is provided that includes a back anchoring portion with a tab joined to an intermediary bridge portion which is in turn joined to a forward tubular tong-receiving portion. A bend at the bridge portion positions the back anchoring portion to the back of the forward tong-receiving portion. The tab and bridge portion are adapted to be engaged over the top edge of an apron, apron tie, or similar support at a user's waist. The forward tong-receiving portion is formed into a generally open tubular- shape to receive a set of tongs. Preferably the holder is formed of a unitary continuous, thin blank. The support of the bridge and back anchor portion including a projecting tab allows the tongs to be inserted quickly and removed efficiently from the forward tubular tong-receiving portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Melvin J Quinones
  • Publication number: 20140335321
    Abstract: A polymeric sheet comprising: a first surface and a second surface; and a first embossed pattern on at least one of the first surface or the second surface and method of preparing same is provided. In one aspect, the sheet comprises at least two protrusions, the at least two protrusions direct, impede, and/or control gas movement between the at least two protrusions when arranged in contact with a surface and externally compressed. In another aspect, the sheet is at least partially cross-linked and/or foamed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Benjamin Joshua Reisman, Baruch Zur, Gregory A. Brooker
  • Publication number: 20140291891
    Abstract: The method for producing a member for applying a cosmetic product comprising: an application portion (3); a longitudinal core (5), housed in the application portion (3); the method comprising the following successive steps: a first step for injecting the application portion (3) into a cavity (29) of a mold (27); a second step for injecting the longitudinal core (5) into the cavity (29) of the mold (27). In the first step, a pin (31) is arranged in the cavity (29) and in the second step, the pin (31) is moved relative to the cavity (29), and the longitudinal core (5) is injected into a space (47) freed up by the pin (31).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick Charnay
  • Patent number: 8844113
    Abstract: A medical device includes a polymer stent scaffold crimped to a catheter having an expansion balloon. A process for forming the medical device includes placing the scaffold on a support supported by an alignment carriage, and deionizing the scaffold to remove any static charge buildup on the scaffold before placing the scaffold within a crimper to reduce the scaffold's diameter. The polymer scaffold is heated to a temperature below the polymer's glass transition temperature to improve scaffold retention without adversely affecting the mechanical characteristics of the scaffold when deployed to support a body lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Yunbing Wang
  • Patent number: 8840830
    Abstract: There is provided a method of molding which is capable of more highly precisely molding a molded article to be molded such as a lens than conventional technologies. A molded article such as a lens array and a mold for nanoimprinting is molded by repeating multiple times a transfer step including: a transformation step of bringing a light curable composition containing a compound having a polymerizable functional group and a polymerization initiator into contact with a transfer member 62 on which a transfer shape portion shaped equally to or reversely to an aspherical lens portion 312 is formed to transform the light curable composition to the transfer shape of the transfer member 62; a curing step of irradiating at least a transformed portion of the transformed light curable composition with light by a light irradiation unit 60 to cure the light curable composition; and a separation step of separating the cured light curable composition and the transfer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: AJI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Yamaki, Hideo Miyata, Nobuyuki Mitarai, Nobuaki Ishii, Katsumi Murofushi, Kunio Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8801424
    Abstract: A device for expanding a hollow body includes a plurality of sector-shaped expandable jaws disposed in a holder and distributed about a central axis. The expandable jaws extend along the axis to a free end and are radially movable with respect to the axis. Each of the expandable jaws includes: a cylindrical surface having a radius corresponding to a radius of the expanded hollow body and an inward radial taper at an area of the free end; and a plurality of projections and recesses disposed in a joint region and arranged in an alternating manner with each other along the axis and at least partially extending into the area of the free end. The cylindrical surfaces are rounded off to transition to respective outer surfaces of the projections. The outer surfaces of the projections extend, at least at ends of the projections, radially inward with respect the cylindrical surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Rothenberger AG
    Inventors: Knut Lindner, Thoralf Krause, Arnd Greding
  • Publication number: 20140203477
    Abstract: Method and tooling apparatus for forming a composite charge into a stringer having an I-shaped cross-section. A substantially flat composite charge is placed on a die set and pressed formed into a die set cavity to form a stringer hat. A stringer base is formed by press forming the composite charge against the die set. The die set is used to compress the stringer hat into a stringer web having a bulb on one end thereof. A stringer cap is formed by press forming the bulb within a recess in the die set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Chapman, Khanh M. Pham
  • Patent number: 8784362
    Abstract: A rapid exchange catheter comprises a guide wire lumen including a substantially sealed portion in which a lumen wall extends around an entire periphery thereof and a channel portion including a channel opening the lumen to an exterior of the catheter, wherein a width of the channel is less than a maximum width of the channel portion. A guide wire ramp extends into the channel portion, with the ramp extending further into the lumen of the channel portion as a distal end of the ramp is approached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Boutilette, James E. Windheuser, Oscar R. Carrillo, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140197575
    Abstract: A method is for fabricating a device for injecting a filler material in the fluid phase into a root canal space, the device including an adapter nozzle, an auto-mixer connected to the adapter nozzle, an intra-oral injection nozzle positioned at the upper end of the auto-mixer. The method includes using a shape memory material to make the injection nozzle so as to be bendable according to a desired orientation. The method also includes arranging on the exterior surface of the injection nozzle, circular ribs defining a groove, and moulding the upper end of the auto-mixer in this groove so that the injection nozzle is lodged in position in the upper end while retaining a degree of freedom in rotation around its axis of symmetry, or one or multiple circular ribs parallel to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen KOUBI
  • Patent number: 8758659
    Abstract: A method of forming a chemical mechanical polishing pad. The method includes polymerizing one or more polymer precursors and forming a chemical-mechanical planarization pad including a surface, forming grooves in the surface defining lands between the grooves, wherein the grooves have a first width, and shrinking the lands from a first land length (L1) at the surface to a second land length (L2) at the surface, wherein the second land length (L2) is less than the first land length (L1) and the grooves have a second width (W2) wherein (W1)?(X)(W2), wherein (X) has a value in the range of 0.01 to 0.75.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: FNS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul Lefevre, Oscar K. Hsu, David Adam Wells, John Erik Aldeborgh, Marc C. Jin, Guangwei Wu, Anoop Mathew
  • Patent number: 8697835
    Abstract: A method for restoring a programmed article which contains a shape memory composite material of at least one shape memory polymer network with thermally inducible triple shape properties, the method comprising subjecting the article to a magnetic alternating field and simultaneously to an external heat supply in order to trigger the restoration, wherein at least one of the parameters of magnetic field strength (H) and ambient temperature (TUmg) is increased continuously or discontinuously in such a way that the article first experiences a transition in shape from the first temporary shape (TF1) into the second temporary shape (TF2) and subsequently from the second temporary shape (TF2) into the permanent shape (PF).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material—und Küstenforschung GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Lendlein, Narendra Kumar Uttamchand, Karl Kratz, Marc Behl
  • Publication number: 20140100645
    Abstract: A delivery system is provided with a flushing groove between an inner catheter and an outer sheath. The outer sheath is attached to a first handle member, and the inner catheter is attached to a second handle member. A medical device disposed between the inner catheter and outer sheath is deployed by moving the first and second handle members longitudinally relative to each other. The groove is provided along the outer surface of the inner catheter and is adapted to allow flushing fluid to pass between the inner catheter and the outer sheath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Brent A. Mayle, James C. Merk
  • Publication number: 20140092577
    Abstract: A unit mounting device is a unit mounting device on which an electronic device unit 1 is mounted, and includes a base portion provided to face a side surface of the electronic device unit, an upper-side eaves portion formed to extend from an upper part of the base portion towards the electronic device unit side, a lower-side eaves portion formed to extend from a lower part of the base portion towards the electronic device unit side, a standing portion formed to project upward from an end part on an extending side of the lower-side eaves portion, and a projecting portion that is provided to have a width narrower than a width of the side surface of the electronic device unit and to project from the standing portion towards the electronic device unit side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Murata, Takashi Ando
  • Patent number: 8637587
    Abstract: Release agents with increased affinity toward nano-imprint lithography template surfaces interact strongly with the template during separation of the template from the solidified resist in a nano-imprint lithography process. The strong interaction between the surfactant and the template surface reduces the amount of surfactant pulled off the template surface during separation of a patterned layer from the template in an imprint lithography cycle. Maintaining more surfactant associated with the surface of the template after the separation of the patterned layer from the template may reduce the amount of surfactant needed in a liquid resist to achieve suitable release of the solidified resist from the template during an imprint lithography process. Strong association of the release agent with the surface of the template facilitates the formation of ultra-thin residual layers and dense fine features in nano-imprint lithography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Molecular Imprints, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Y. Xu, Weijun Liu
  • Patent number: 8636937
    Abstract: A method for forming hierarchical patterns on an article by nanoimprinting is disclosed. The method includes using a first mold to form a primary pattern on the article at a first temperature and a first pressure, the first temperature and the first pressure being able to reduce the elastic modulus of the article; and using a second mold to form a second pattern on the primary pattern at a second temperature that is below the article's glass transition temperature, the forming of the second pattern being at a second pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Fengxiang Zhang, Hong Yee Low
  • Patent number: 8613879
    Abstract: A method of forming a stamped feature (P) on a substrate (S) includes: applying a plurality of stamping tool segments (32, 40a, 40b, 40c, 50, 60, 70, 80, 92) to at least one surface of the substrate. An arrangement (30, 90) for forming a stamped feature (P) on a substrate (S) includes a plurality of stamping tool segments (32, 40a, 40b, 40c, 50, 60, 70, 80, 92) that actuatable individually, in concert in groups of more than one, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Mycrolab Diagnostics Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Micah James Atkin
  • Patent number: 8603289
    Abstract: A slide-room for installation in a recreational vehicle or other structure is disclosed. The slide-room comprises a shell, which can be constructed from fiberglass. The shell comprises an end wall, a ceiling, a floor, two opposing side walls, and a flange extending from the end wall, wherein the end wall, the ceiling, the floor, the side walls and the flange comprise a one-piece, unitary construction. Also disclosed are methods for molding composite components, such as slide-room. In one specific implementation, the shell for a slide-room is formed from fiberglass using a vacuum assisted resin transfer process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Composite Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Chase, Dennis Dame
  • Patent number: 8597768
    Abstract: A laminated foam article contains at least two foam boards having mating peak and groove surface profiles where surface skin remains on at least a portion of the profiles and wherein the foam boards are laminated to one another in a mating orientation with the peaks of one foam surface within the grooves of the adjoining foam surface with an adhesive between the mating surfaces of the foams and wherein the laminated foam article has a thickness that exceeds 200 millimeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: John Gordon-Duffy, Anett Borgwardt
  • Patent number: 8591681
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for producing a mold made of a composite material by using a prepreg material. First, a material 200 of a mold having a long two-dimensional shape and in a semi-cured state is produced from a prepreg sheet by continuous pultrusion molding. Subsequently, the semi-cured material 200 is mounted on a plurality of templates 131, 132, 133, 134, and 135 vertically provided on a base plate 120 of a molding apparatus 100, and thereby plastically deformed into a three-dimensional shape. The entire molding apparatus 100 is heated and pressurized to produce a completely-cured mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Jamco Corporation
    Inventor: Kazumi Asari
  • Patent number: 8591835
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of the invention are directed to sample tubes comprising a cylindrical elongate tube having a gripping section with at least one discontinuity extending radially about the outside surface of the elongate tube. Methods of making sample tubes and their use in sample handlers are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory B. Norell
  • Patent number: 8580178
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a transversely curved or formed strip of material which can be cut to length for use in a fabric for coverings for architectural opening includes a supply role of a flexible fabric strip material that is sequentially passed through a heating chamber with an elongated upwardly convex extrusion across which the strip material is drawn and a cooling station before being wrapped on a take-up drum. The apparatus includes driven rollers about which the strip material passes and the strip material is exposed to tension detectors and controlled temperatures such that the strip material formed in the apparatus is uniform along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph G. Jelic, William L. Teter, Paul G. Swiszcz, Kevin M. Dann, Steven J. Carroll, Thomas E. Sevcik, Stephen T. Wisecup, Michael J. Siebenaller
  • Patent number: 8551383
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for the localized working of a structural component that comprises a foam material reinforced by at least one strut at a working location. Firstly, the foam material is selectively removed, while leaving the at least one strut, within a strut connecting zone in the region of the working location. Subsequently, the strut connecting zone is filled with a filling material and the at least one strut is connected to the filling material in the strut connecting zone. From a further aspect, a sandwich component which comprises a foam core is provided. An embedding part is at least partially embedded in the foam core and at least partially surrounded by a layer of filling material. At least one strut is incorporated in the foam material, fastened at one end to the surface of the foam core and integrated at another end in the layer of filling material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Jürgen Weber, Gregor Christian Endres
  • Patent number: 8551380
    Abstract: Composite prepreg is laid up over a tool by placing prepreg material on a carrier film and using the carrier film to apply the prepreg material to the tool. The prepreg is conformed to contours of the tool by deforming the carrier film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert D. Hawkins, Kurtis S. Willden, Andrew E. Modin, Edoardo Depase, Michael L. Glain, Benjamin Adam Mussi, Max U. Kismarton
  • Patent number: 8545201
    Abstract: A system for forming a composite structure comprises an electromagnetic press including an upper die, a lower die and an electromagnet. The lower die may be mounted in spaced relation to the upper die for receiving a composite layup therebetween. The electromagnet is energizable such that the upper and lower dies apply a compressive force to the composite layup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael M. Vander Wel, Alexander M. Rubin
  • Patent number: 8501072
    Abstract: A dispensing valve for flowable material comprises a valve plate (26) of resilient polymeric material in which at least one elongate discontinuity is formed. The discontinuity defines at least one valve flap (28) which is an integral part of the valve plate but whose margin defined by the discontinuity is not connected to the adjacent material of the valve plate. The valve flap (28) is movable under the application of pressure from a closed position, in which the adjacent margins of the discontinuity form a substantial seal, to an open position, in which the margins for the discontinuity are spaced from one another and material can flow through the valve member. The polymeric material is a polyolefin material and the discontinuity is a rupture line. The margins defining the rupture line are of decreasing thickness towards their free edge and overlie one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Carbonite Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Smith, Karl Mondszein
  • Patent number: 8465613
    Abstract: Tooling apparatus for forming a composite charge into a contoured composite blade stringer includes an elongate punch and an elongate die flexible along their lengths. The charge is press formed by using the punch to drive the charge into the die. The punch and the die are mounted between a pair of flexible plates. A press coupled with the plates contours the charge by bending the plates into a desired contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Daniel M. Rotter, Michael R. Chapman, Brad A. Coxon, Paul E. Nelson
  • Patent number: 8435431
    Abstract: A component of a laser processing machine includes an aluminum base member in which a duct is constructed in order to convey copper-ionized water. The duct has a corrosion-resistant plastic coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Timo Zepf
  • Patent number: 8414817
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hairbrush (40), bristles (10) for use in a hairbrush, and method for the production of a hairbrush and such bristles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Katja Honnefeller, Jürgen Seng, Michael Klöppel-Riech
  • Publication number: 20130056908
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an endodontic obturation device used in filling root canals includes injecting an endodontic filler material into a mold having a single cavity or a plurality of spaced apart cavities to apply the endodontic filler material to a filler carrier. After the endodontic filler material has set, the endodontic obturation device having the endodontic filler material adhered to the filler carrier is then removed from the mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Charles J. Goodis, Bobby Bennett
  • Patent number: 8388876
    Abstract: A rapid exchange catheter comprises a guide wire lumen including a substantially sealed portion in which a lumen wall extends around an entire periphery thereof and a channel portion including a channel opening the lumen to an exterior of the catheter, wherein a width of the channel is less than a maximum width of the channel portion. A guide wire ramp extends into the channel portion, with the ramp extending further into the lumen of the channel portion as a distal end of the ramp is approached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Boutilette, James E. Windheuser, Oscar Carrillo
  • Patent number: 8309007
    Abstract: A post dilatation balloon catheter includes a balloon member having a proximal portion, a distal portion and a circumferential bulge portion. The circumferential bulge portion extends around a circumference of the balloon member and is positioned at a location between the proximal and distal portions of the balloon member. The circumferential bulge portion inflates to a maximum inflated dimension that is greater than a maximum dimension of the proximal and distal portions of the balloon member. The balloon member is arranged into a folded state by folding at least one of the distal and proximal portions of the balloon member in a separate step from folding the circumferential bulge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: James Anderson, Karl Jagger, Jan Weber
  • Patent number: 8277714
    Abstract: The invention described herein relates to capturing a covering such as a braid on a exterior profile of a plastic tube by overmolding onto a plumbing tube, wherein a circumferentially surrounding covering or braid is modified prior to the overmolding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignees: Mercury Plastics, Inc., Masco Corporation
    Inventors: William Blue, Thomas K'Meyer
  • Patent number: 8268226
    Abstract: A system for forming a composite structure comprises an electromagnetic press including an upper die, a lower die and an electromagnet. The lower die may be mounted in spaced relation to the upper die for receiving a composite layup therebetween. The electromagnet is energizable such that the upper and lower dies apply a compressive force to the composite layup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael M. Vander Wel, Alexander M. Rubin
  • Patent number: 8262961
    Abstract: A molding composition and a method of forming an pattern. The method includes forming on a substrate a molding layer of a molding composition of aromatic divinyl ethers; pressing the template into the molding layer, the template having a relief pattern, the molding layer filling voids in the relief pattern, the template not contacting the substrate; exposing the molding layer to actinic radiation, the actinic radiation converting the molding layer to a cured molding layer having thick and thin regions corresponding to the relief pattern; removing the template; filling the thin regions of the relief pattern with a backfill material; removing regions of the molding layer not protected by the backfill material to expose regions of the substrate; forming trenches in the exposed regions of the substrate; and removing any remaining molding layer and backfill material. A transfer layer may be used between the molding layer and the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Anthony DiPietro, Mark Whitney Hart, Frances Anne Houle, Hiroshi Ito
  • Patent number: 8257636
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reforming a portion of a blow molded plastic container includes directing energy from a heater onto the portion of the container so as to heat the portion while leaving the remainder of the container relatively unheated. The heated portion of the container is then engaged by a reforming tool having an embossed or imprinted characteristic on a contact surface of the reforming tool so as to reform the portion of the container and form a three-dimensional feature thereon which is not reproducible without using the method and/or apparatus of the present invention. Alternatively, the heated portion of the container is engaged by a reforming tool having a transferable element on a contact surface of the reforming tool so as to reform the portion of the container and transfer the transferable element to the portion of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Patrick Matthew Oconnell, Brian J. Chisholm
  • Patent number: 8252224
    Abstract: Multi-layered drink-containers including an inner liquid-container and an outer shell in an at least partially overlapping, telescopic relation relative to the inner-liquid-container and methods of assembling the same. In some examples of multi-layered drink-containers, the inner liquid-container includes a lower portion having an outer cross-sectional area, an orthogonal projection of which at least partially overlaps an orthogonal projection of an inner cross-sectional area of an upper portion of the outer shell. Some examples of methods of assembling multi-layered drink-containers include reducing a resiliently deformable restrictive-portion of an inner liquid-container, positioning an outer shell in an at least partially overlapping, telescopic relation relative to the inner liquid-container, and returning the resiliently deformable restrictive-portion to a neutral, un-deformed and un-reduced state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: CamelBak Products, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher C. Blain